Some sociologist somewhere is going to sit down if they haven’t done so already and study why leftists tend to gravitate to beautiful towns and cities. As Newburyport increases as a highly desirable community – it is slowly but surely being overrun by those who swing to the left. It won’t cause us to be gentrified as much as we will become the uncontested Cambridge of the North.
In many ways, it will be advantageous because they tend to appreciate architecture, art and culture. They will do anything to enhance and protect the high quality of life. And again, in other ways, it will begin to cause problems in our city as ‘typical’ Americans are pushed out.
As for me, I’ll know we’ve reached suffocation levels when I can’t get a 64-oz. Big Gulp at the 7-11 or they make it illegal for fast-food to operate in the community. Let’s face it, the price for a beautiful city will be a host of ‘nanny-staters’ who will eventually infest our city government.
It will also start to cause problems in our heritage tourism. The left not only are anti-faith based but they consider anyone who believes in a Supreme Being as not fit to participate in civil government or to even have a right to participate in our society. They’re hostility is palpable. The kind of religious hatred of the liberal left can not delineate between personal faith and a denominational or sect movement – they feel threatened by all. Now, butting up against this wall of intolerance and hate (notice the lack of cultural, religious and political diversity in this bunch) is the fact that Newburyport was the birthplace of the Great Awakening and that our churches, Christians and ministers were heavily instrumental in shaping this country. Whether from the Baptist, St. Paul’s, Central Congregation, the Immaculate Conception Church, Methodist, the Old South and yes, even the First Religious Society; the churches were powerful resources that shaped our America.
Rev. George Whitfield’s body buried under the pulpit is visited by tourists from all over the world. He is called the Forgotten Founding Father of America. In Whitfield’s day, the church was used to keep the citizens in line with hymnals, prayer books and doctrinal material as well as ministerial control emanating largely from the royalty who proclaimed in themselves that they by right were ministers appointed by God. This European mindset largely prevailed all the way into the twentieth century! The royalty wanted to spread this attitude into North America and were partially successful with ‘official’ churches established in several colonies including Massachusetts. In contrast, Whitfield stressed a personal relationship with God apart from the control of church and king! He got off the boat in Newburyport, started his ministry all the way to Georgia and spread the gospel of personal salvation. This democratization of Christianity transformed America. And he, an Anglican minister, would not hesitate to preach in a wide range of churches – his conquest was not ecclesiasticism but the hearts of man. Benjamin Franklin, an unbeliever but close friend of Whitfield noted,
“wonderful…change soon made in the manners of our inhabitants. From being thoughtless or indifferent about religion, it seem’d as if all the world were growing religious, so that one could not walk thro’ the town in an evening without hearing psalms sung in different families of every street.”
Whether it is St. Paul’s church, Belleville, Central Congregation, Old South, Methodist – the members with personal relationships with God went on to accomplishing patriotic deeds for our America. Our houses and churches are filled with stories of great deeds whether secular or religious.
It is sad that our city is filling up with hostile newcomers who not only fill their minds with hate against Christians but are trying to re-write our nation’s heritage and history through revisionism! One of the supposed champions of this new re-writing is Thomas Jefferson. This runs contrary to one of his quotes on his Memorial in D.C.:
“Almighty God hath created the mind free. All attempts to influence it by temporal punishments or burdens…are a departure from the plan of the Holy Author of our religion…No man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship or ministry or shall otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief, but all men shall be free to profess and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matters of religion. I know but one code of morality for men whether acting singly or collectively.”
Thomas Jefferson was a firm believer in the Ten Commandments. But today, the left call anyone who believes in the Judeo-Christian Ethic as crazy. I think if you look at our true history and our Nation; the newcomer’s are the one’s crazy. The U.S.S.R. tried that attitude and threw anyone who believed in God into mental institutes and tried to ostracize them. It didn’t work for them and it won’t work in Newburyport.
Those without faith need to live with those with faith – diversity and tolerance is a multi-faceted attitude. It’s called hearing both sides and holding respect – that is what America has always striven for!
PS. In my next post, I will explain why the left are so hostile – get ready for a philosophy and science lesson.